Thursday, August 31, 2006

Internet TV Lecture Search

Looking for more lecture webcast? Try the Internet TV search engine created at Eurekster. 1236 results are listed, including the major sources (MIT, Princeton, Learn Out Loud) and hundreds more. Refine your search by adding terms such as "philosophy" or "literature".

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Welcome back everyone. As promised, tonight I'm linking to the new project: contains (1) a Course Catalog listing free university classes available as streaming video or podcasts, and (2) a Language Lab index of multimedia language learning sites.

Whenever possible, I've linked directly to the audio and video files. In other words, you can browse classes by subject and "attend" directly from After reading the course description, click on "Read more..." to access the files. For example, here's an Anthropology course on Understanding the Human Past. Click on the play button to hear the embedded audio. On courses with video, such as MIT's Introduction to Biology, click on the links to launch the video for each class.

While the site currently contains only a handful of entries, I'll be adding a new course and language lab every week. Updates will be mentioned here on the blog. For more courses, see the Wayfaring map of University Podcasts & OCWs.

Know a good course that should be added ASAP? A surprising good language site? Send me an email at stingyscholar at gmail dot com or add your suggestion in the comments.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Goin' To Jersey

Going to take a break from posting over the next week while my wife and I head back to New York / New Jersey to visit friends and family.

Not to let the cat out of the bag, but I've been working on a fun project which will be ready later this month. Stay tuned. I promise more details when I get back.

Wish me luck going through Heathrow.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Lots o' Links

USA Today article on low-cost textbooks (mentioning Textbook Revolution).

Lifehacker free educational resource round-up.

Detailed AskMeFi thread on the merits of an Open University MBA (with links to other good threads).

Rubik's Cube Solution Algorithm.

iProscrastinate student scheduler for Mac users.

Top 10 reasons why college graduates can't get jobs.

Omgili forums search engine.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Delicious Days

Like reading a glossy, color cookbook, the stylish food blog Delicious Days is updated weekly with detailed, tasty recipes and beautiful photographs. The recipes receive lots of intelligent feedback, too (a good insight into how tough it will be to prepare the dish).

For more recipes, see Videojug, an educational YouTube in development. Although there aren't too many videos available yet, there are several good instructional cooking videos, such as this one for naan bread.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Brasilian French Lessons

Learning french? Where do you turn? L'Académie française? The BBC? The Ministério da Educação? Although perhaps an unlikely source, this Brasilian page is an brilliant tool for learning french without paying a Real (R$). The site contains tons of links and resources including 24 complete streaming episodes of the tv program Reflets, complete with supplemental exercises and grammar studies.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Tons of Drawing Lessons

More and more drawing lessons are popping-up online. Here's a site with hundreds of tutorials organized by subject and difficulty level. Also see Karmatoons, teaching drawing for classical animation and Illustration Class.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Alice's Restaurant

A pre-YouTube musical choice, but Arlo Guthrie's "Alice's Restaurant" is worth a listen. See here for more background to the classic track.

Bookmooch is the newest bookswapping site on the web. From John Buckman, the creator of Magnatune, the site is bound to build a large community.

Show Me Where makes it easy to use the Google Maps API to create customized maps for your webpage. For a quick hack, see Wayfaring.

A massive collection of political mash-ups.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Dartmouth's Chance Site

Dartmouth's "Chance" site contains video and audio teaching resources on probability and statistics. Although many of the materials are a couple years old, the lectures cover interesting topics such as "Streaks in Sports" or the "Risk to Civilization from Extraterrestial Objects". A wiki has also been created with more recent chance-related news. Thanks to Jason for the link.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006


Jyve is another let's use Skype to learn a foreign language option. However, first and foremost, Jyve is a social network. So you'll have something to talk about. Here are some of the other Skype sites we've looked at.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Kate Beckinsale Hot Photo Slideshow

Yeah, did think I'd be able to sell you guys on two lengthy articles, so I went the sexy slideshow. But they're worth the read. Really. The first is a very insightful profile by ESPN on Jew and Palestinians playing together on a basketball team (thanks, Matt, for the link). The second article is an Oxford University Press editor's perspective on how to get your book published.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Here's the first real Web 2.0 notetaking option. is part scheduler, part ToDo list, and part social networking note-hub. Try it out: create a class and jot down some notes. With trendy little AJAX windows, it's easy to edit and format your records later on. Notes can be saved as HTML or DOC. By fall, there should also be a grade tracker, file manager (up to 1 gig), and Wikipedia auto-links.

Friday, August 04, 2006

More Toys, Recipes, and Animal Noises

Another great band from Argentina, Villanos - "Sin Mi"

Following yesterday's post, Lex from OOG voor Ghana sent me this great site containing dozens of brilliant toys literally made from trash. I particularly like the climbing butterfly, the colourful fish, and the coke can airplane (pictured). Among the toys, Advind Gupta also has some interesting science experiments. OOG voor Ghana, or "Eyes on Ghana", is a small Dutch organisation devoted to supporting education in Ghana (the guys were also nice enough to include The Stingy Scholar among "What's New" for August).

Check out this compilation of 57 pdf recipe books available at mininova. I think the majority of the materials included are in the public domain.

Here's a site posted on Boing Boing a few weeks ago that compiles animal noises from around the world (i.e. a dog says "woof woof" in English but "vov-vov" in Sweden).

Here's an even better site with people actually making the noises.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

The Simplest Electric Motor

From Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories, here's a simple way to make a kick-ass electric motor using batteries, a screw, and copper wire. Evil Mad Scientist is a new blog, but they're posting some cool stuff, such as this interactive LED dining table.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Big Religion Comparison Chart

This handy chart makes it easy to see the similarities and differences commonalities between 30 major world religions. The chart also contains useful links to seek more information. The host site, Religion Facts, contains lots of unbiased information on religious beliefs and controversies (photo from Matyas).